Graduate programs

Be an agent of change

Our graduate programs are built for rising stars from business, nonprofit, academia, and government, modeling the community necessary for food system transformation. Designed for working professionals, most coursework takes place online to accommodate students’ various schedules and geographies. Equipped with sophisticated knowledge of how to advance food and agriculture policy in the public interest, program graduates will pioneer innovative solutions on which the health of our families and the planet depend.

The Swette Center leads these programs which are housed within the School of Sustainability, one of four schools within the College of Global Futures.

Graduate programs

Graduate Certificate in food policy and sustainability leadership (ASU Online)

This 1-year graduate certificate program explores the social, political, economic and environmental factors that impact food systems. Coursework focuses on food policy, from understanding policymaking to developing specific, master-level skills to navigating legislative, budgetary and administrative governmental processes. Furthermore, participants in this program learn about the intricate connection between agriculture and natural resource management. This comprehensive approach empowers students to grapple with real-life food system complexities and become effective agents of change.

Master of Science in sustainable food systems (ASU Online)

Students in this 2-year research-oriented degree program develop a practical and tactical understanding of present-day health, agriculture and environmental policy; formulate strategies to drive policy change; interact with a network of food and agriculture policy leaders and mentors; and apply their knowledge and skills to address problems related to agriculture and food systems. The MS program includes the curriculum of the graduate certificate in food policy and sustainability leadership plus an additional year to learn more about the field of sustainability and tackle an individual capstone research project.

Read about our graduate cohorts

2019/2020 Cohort

2020/2021 Cohort

2021/2022 Cohort

2022/2023 Cohort

2023/2024 Cohort

I chose ASU for both their innovative food systems program and their commitment to more accessible access to higher education. Because I live in a rural area and work full-time for an agricultural non-profit, I could not participate in an in-person program. ASU’s Online Sustainable Food Systems MS program was the perfect match. I am already applying knowledge from my courses to problems that arise at work!

Deborah SadlerMS Sustainable Food Systems 2023 graduate

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